Ishant Sharma snared five wickets in just 11 balls as the Deccan Chargers bowled the Kochi Tuskers Kerala out for a mere 74 – the third lowest score in the history of the IPL – to rack up a convincing 55-run win in Wednesday’s Indian Premier League clash at the Nehru Stadium.
The 22-year-old seamer bowled with venom across a superb line, extracting intimidating elevation from the pitch to bag five for 12 – the best figures of the 2011 IPL.
Captain Mahela Jayawardene, (four), Parthiv Patel (duck), Raiphi Gomez (duck) Brad Hodge (duck) and Kedar Jadhav (duck) had absolutely no answer to the tall fast bowler’s onslaught as Kochi slumped to 11 for six in pursuit of a modest 130-run target.
Man of the Match Sharma combined with wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara no fewer than three times as one by one the home side’s top-order crumbled to outside edge after outside edge. Gomez and Hodge’s shattered stumps completed the wreck.
With Ishant out of the attack after three sensational overs, Ravindra Jadeja (23) and Thisara Perera (22) offered some brief resistance until Amit Mishra and Manpreet Gony got in on the Tuskers’ tumble with a token scalp each.
Dale Steyn (three for 16), who had started the rot with the removal of Brendon McCullum for a quacker, returned to the attack and duly wrapped up the tail to complete seal the one-sided deal.
Jayawardene’s men were never in the hunt despite the meagre nature of their target and for their collapse sunk to eighth in the 10-man standings.
Earlier Sangakkara saved his side from a wretched position that had them languishing at 37 for three in the first 10 overs of the match.
Rudra Pratap Singh (two for 21) and his nagging line, coupled with the inspired length produced by Vinay Kumar (three for 25), well and truly vindicated Jayawardene’s decision to bat first.
Former Sri Lanka captain Sangakkara, who enjoyed a lifeline on five when bowled by a Shantha Sreensanth no-ball, struck 10 fours during his 47-ball vigil and enjoyed handy support from Cameron White’s 34-delivery 31 as the duo’s 90-run alliance dragged the visitors from the doldrums.
Regardless of Sangakkara and sidekicks’ rearguard action, 129 for seven never seemed enough, until Ishant proved otherwise.
While Kochi huddle with the log’s bottomfeeders, Wednesday’s result sees Deccan hovering at sixth. Cricket365